This Saturday, May 7, 2011, is a huge day for preemies and babies born with special needs.
Beginning at 9am, thousands of men, women, and children, mothers, fathers, grandparents, and more will make the 3.2 mile trek around downtown Austin in support of the March of Dimes March for Babies campaign. The walk begins at Auditorium Shores, winds north towards and around the Capitol Building, then returns south, ending once again at Auditorium Shores.
Before and after the event, walkers can visit many of the team tents, listen to live music, and kids can enjoy jumping in bouncy houses.
This year, more than 7 million people are participating in March for Babies nationwide. The money raised in this monumental campaign funds important research and programs that help babies begin healthy lives. Supporters' funds are used in:
- fighting premature birth
- preventing and/or curing birth defects
- researching and developing medical breakthroughs to improve the care of premature babies
- educating women on maintaining a healthy pregnancy
When you walk in March for Babies, you give hope to the more than half a million babies born too soon each year. The money you raise supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, full term pregnancies. And it funds research for find answers to the problems that threaten our babies. (marchforbabies.org)
Thanks to its loyal and generous supporters, the March of Dimes has raised an astounding $2 billion since 1970.